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2010-03-01 09:25:00

In a bid to discover the secrets of the universe, scientists have restarted the world's most powerful atom smasher, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Sunday. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 16.8 mile underground tunnel located on the French-Swiss border near Geneva, produced its first beam of 2010 at 4:10 CET (0310 GMT). "The LHC is on its way again," said CERN in a tweet on its website. The 5.6 billion dollar LHC was shut down in December to get it ready for...

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2010-02-22 06:30:00

Scientists are preparing for a new crusade in the exploration of the secrets of the universe, when in the days ahead, they will restart the world's most powerful atom-smasher, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Sunday. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 5.6 billion dollar project, was shut down in December to ready it for upcoming collisions at unprecedented levels of energy. It was run for a few weeks after being repaired from a 14 month breakdown. The LHC, a...

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2010-02-16 14:51:07

One of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), arrived at ESA's Test Centre in the Netherlands for testing before being launched on the Space Shuttle to the ISS this July. The quest for the origins of the Universe is about to take a step further in the Large Space Simulator (LSS) at ESA's research and technology centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, under responsibility of Agency's Directorate of Human Spaceflight. The LSS is...

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2010-02-04 06:50:00

A two-year continuous run through late 2011 will prove whether the "Big Bang" particle collider at CERN can shed light on the mystery of what gives mass to matter. Scientists are hoping to find the elusive Higgs Boson particle they have been looking for during the long-term experiment, which involves the largest and most costly scientific machine set to be switched on later this month, James Gillies told Reuters. "If it is there, we have a reasonable chance of seeing it," said Gillies,...

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2010-01-07 08:40:01

Three Iowa State University physicists who took winter trips to the Large Hadron Collider for meetings and experimental work are starting to see real data from the planet's biggest science experiment. Finally. The multibillion-dollar collider made international news on Sept. 10, 2008, when it sent its first beam of protons around 17 miles of underground tunnel near Geneva, Switzerland. But breakdowns in the machine's high-current electrical connections forced a complete shutdown for more than...

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2009-12-19 07:45:00

CERN's Large Hadron Collider set a new record this week in its quest to recreate Big Bang conditions and allow scientists to gain a better understanding of the nature of matter, Reuters reported. Now, CERN plans to shut the collider down for a few months in order to get ready for even higher energy work. "This first running period has served its purpose fully: testing all the LHC's systems, providing calibration data for the experiments and showing what needs to be done to prepare the machine...

2009-12-17 08:00:00

TORONTO, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Platform Computing, the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software, today announced that CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has advanced its current Platform LSF grid infrastructure to pilot the world's largest cloud computing environment for scientific collaboration. Using Platform's private cloud management and HPC cloud-enabling software solutions, Platform ISF and Platform ISF Adaptive Cluster, CERN believes the cloud...

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2009-12-15 13:33:48

First-ever paper on Large Hadron Collider proton collisions published online in European Physical Journal C The first paper on proton collisions in the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - designed to provide the highest energy ever explored with particle accelerators - is published online this week in Springer's European Physical Journal C. On 23 November 2009, during the early commissioning of the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) LHC "“ which was built in the circular...

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2009-12-10 06:10:00

The largest atom smasher in the world has caught its first high-energy collision of protons, CERN announced on Wednesday. Physicists are hoping that these collisions will give them better insight into phenomena like dark matter and antimatter. They also believe it will ultimately help them understand the beginning of the universe billions of years ago, which many believe is the result of a massive explosion known as the Big Bang, reported the Associated Press. The collisions were...

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2009-11-30 10:20:00

The "Big Bang" test at CERN in Switzerland achieved a world record Monday when beams were increased to the highest energy ever attained in a particle collider, the research center declared. Researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said the accomplishment was a huge milestone for the future progress of what they hope will reveal clues to the creation of the universe. The triumph emerged 10 days after the world's biggest scientific experiment was resumed...


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